Forest Management Technology

The Forest Management Technology program is designed for persons who seek employment in forestry occupations. The program is designed with the fundamental philosophy of delivering classroom instruction coupled with hands-on experience. Students use industry-standard equipment and gain practical experience through summer internships regionally and across the country with organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, Virginia Department of Forestry and private forestry employers.

The program supports forestry and forest-related industries that are vital to the economy of Virginia, where 60 percent of the total land area is forested. The use of these resources by forest industries and land management agencies requires forest technicians trained in forest management, protection, timber harvesting and utilization.

Graduates of the program will be qualified for positions in forestry, urban tree care and forest products. This program leads to an Associates of Applied Science in Forest Management Technology and has initial accreditation by the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The Council for Higher Education Accreditation recognizes SAF as the specialized accrediting body for forestry education in the United States.

Program Requirements

The first year of the Forest Management Technology curriculum includes general education as well as basic forestry courses. During the summer between the first and second years of study, students are required to complete a work-based field experience of approximately 225 clock hours. The work-based field experiences may be either a paid or unpaid project. The College will assist with placement; however, the student is ultimately responsible for locating and retaining the position as an unpaid worker or paid employee. For credit, the employment must be approved prior to beginning the assignment.

Students must achieve an overall 2.0 GPA (grade point average - "C" average) in the required curriculum courses to be eligible for graduation. Upon successful completion of all program graduation requirements, the student will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Forest Management Technology.

Curricular requirements are not the same at every institution. Students should confirm with the college or university to which they plan to transfer that they will receive credit at the four-year institution.